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Film Series Presents: The Red Tent

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By Marilyn Robinson

The Red Tent is an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Anita Diamant. It is a story about Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, and the wonderful women in her life. Diamant takes pieces of historical information from the time period and intermingles different traditions of Judaism and pagan beliefs of the time. The intermingling of the story of Jacob and his descendants plays an important role in the story, but it is the women of the tribe who are in the forefront. The Red Tent is where the women go to adhere to their monthly isolation during menstruation and childbirth. It is also their haven, a place where they can relax, gossip, and be themselves.

The story is primarily about Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, whose sons become the fathers of the tribes of Israel. There is no life history of Dinah in the bible so the story is entirely fictionalized. It is from the author’s imagination and not based on the book of Genesis.

The story begins by going back to Jacob and his love for Rachel, showing how Jacob secured Leah and Rachel (and a few others) as wives. This helps, in part, to establish the symbolism and female culture surrounding the author’s “Red Tent.” Dinah happily grows up inside the red tent where the women of her tribe gather and share the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. Dinah matures and experiences an intense love that subsequently leads to a devastating loss, and the fate of her family is forever changed. The circular nature of life and the need for forgiveness are very strong themes of the story.

This totally engrossing drama, based on the daughter of the biblical figure Jacob, will have you hooked after part I. In the end, you will feel as though you were there.

Shown as part of the JC3 film series at Las Moras 47 at 5 de Mayo, Sunday, September 24, at 4pm, Refreshments will be served. Tickets will be 100 pesos donation or 50 pesos for members.

 

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JC3 Film Series presents:

The Red Tent

Sun, Sep 24, 4pm

Jewish Cultural and Community Center

Las Moras 47, 5 de Mayo

100 pesos donation/50 pesos for members

 

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